Pipe Insulation Fiberglass in Madison, AL

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Pipe insulation serves to stop freezing pipes in the cold months and sweaty pipes in the summer months. Condensation sweat on plumbing pipes are going to ultimately cause mold damages in your house. Frozen pipes can cause considerable flooding destruction and are going to lead to expensive repairs. By insulating your water pipes, you will save not only on headaches, but you could also reduce your electricity and water usage.

There are many types of pipe insulation for sale today. Among the most well-known types are foam, rubber, fiberglass, and a combo insulation comprised of foam and reflective foil.

pipe insulation fiberglass photoFoam pipe insulation is made from closed cell polyethylene which provides maximum protection from temperature loss and also condensation. It is generally thought of as the best option for wrapping pipes since it has antimicrobial attributes, is dust and fiber free and is available in many tubular sizes which are self-sealing. Its shortcomings include the fact that it is inflexible and will not expand and contract neither should it be applied touching heat cables or heat tape.

Rubber pipe insulation is a heavy duty type of insulation that does withstand contact with heat cables and tape and also expands and contracts. It is a sturdy and a more energy efficient alternative that is also available in self-seal and non-self-seal versions.

Fiberglass pipe insulation is used for cold and hot plumbing and comes with a hot and cold temperature degree tolerance from between -20 F to 1000F keeping it suitable for extremely high temperature pipes even in industrial locations. It contains a built-in wrapping that secures around the water pipes using a self-sealing lap. It is available in fiberglass thicknesses from 1/2″, 3/4", 2" to 3″.

Probably the easiest kind of pipe insulation to add is foil and foam insulation. The one step procedure consists of winding the self-adhesive insulation around the hot and cold water pipes. This type of pipe insulation is also ideal for lessening plumbing pipe rattling and dampening water pipe sounds through the entire house or building. In contrast, other types of pipe insulation require connecting the butt ends of the sections of pipe insulation together with pipe insulation tape which adds one more procedure to the insulating process.

In the end, the best kind of pipe insulation is the one which matches your job and the types of pipes that exist. You will definitely want to compare the pliability of the pipe (copper, pvc, pex) to the overall flexibility of the insulation product. Likewise, you will want a more durable pipe insulation material, such as rubber or foam in outdoor situations including for ac condensers.

Historically, contractors used asbestos pipe insulation because of its insulating and heat tolerance properties. It is best to contact an asbestos abatement specialist to remove asbestos as the fibers present a very dangerous health hazard. Abatement professionals may recommend encapsulating asbestos wrapped pipes with fiberglass rewettable pipe lagging as a substitute to asbestos pipe insulation removal.